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Althaea

by Micha F. Lindemans
The wife of Oeneus and mother of Meleager. When her child was born, the three Moirae prophesied that Meleager would live only so long as a brand burning upon the hearth remained unconsumed. Althaea immediately snatched the brand from the fire and kept it in a safe place. When Meleager killed her two brothers in a fight, Althaea removed the half-consumed brand from its hiding place and cast it upon the fire.

Ovid VIII, 455.


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